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GMC to set out new policy over medical education

The GMC is to formulate a new policy on its role in regulating undergraduate medical education.

It made the decision after the majority of respondents to a consultation on the issue called for reform.

The three-month consultation carried out last sum-

mer asked whether the GMC should register students as well as doctors and exert more

control over students' fitness to practise.

Medical schools, students, doctors, professional bodies, patient groups, deaneries and GMC members were also asked whether there should be a national assessment for medical students and what should be included in the undergraduate curriculum.

More than half of medical students said they felt major risks were associated with the current arrangement of assuring consistency in undergraduate medical education.

However, just over half of medical schools disagreed.

The BMA and the Council of Heads of Medical Schools said a national licensing exam would be the 'worst option'.

A revised draft of Tomorrow's Doctors will be consulted on during 2007 with the new edition published in 2008.

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